Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Recovery "Run" (and Swim)

So... a couple of things going on between Sun. and today.  First off, recovery has been going really well.  I am feeling great and the pain/soreness have gotten progressively better.  At the moment my worst pain is in my inner thighs and wrapping around to the back of my thighs.  Today my workout was focused on recovery.  

I started out with a walk on the treadmill.  I flirted with the idea of jogging for awhile but learned right away that, that wasn't going to happen today.  Once I figured that out I set the treadmill at 3 MPH (weak I know...), incline at 1.5, and started walking.  I made it up to a speed of 3.7 MPH but that was as far as I got.  It felt a little embarrassing to be walking on the treadmill like that but at the same time it was very satisfying to know that I was back at it after only a couple of days.

From there I made my way over to the pool for a 30" swim.  The swim felt pretty close to normal since I don't typically kick a lot.  I felt a lot better following the swim.  My legs were feeling pretty loose and warm and I seemed to have lost the "hitch in my giddy-up" that has been there since Sun.

All in all I'm feeling pretty good.  The compression tights, attention to nutrition, and rest have been good to my body for the last couple of days.  I'm hoping that after a "slow" week this week I'll be back to my normal training routine next week.  

In other news... yesterday I made the plunge.  I picked up a old school, banana hammock, grape smuggling, weeny sling, speedo.  The thing is crazy!  Typically I swim in "jammer shorts" but figured that it was time to make the leap.  After thinking it over I decided that I'll be wearing the speedo for the Swim, Bike, AND Run of my first and last triathlons this year.  They are both sprint distance tri's so the risk of chafing is much smaller than it would be if I were to do this on one of the longer triathlons.  I talked it over with Jim, at Jade/Whisper, and we're going to throw a logo and the website on the speedo so that it will work out with the rest of my uniform.  I'm really excited about this for some strange reason.  I should point out that the reason I'm going this is as an homage to my favorite triathlete, Faris al-Sultan!  Check out his website by googling his name... it's in German though so you may have to get someone like Gwen to translate it for you!  So... expect some pretty funny, pretty goofy pictures coming out of the triathlons this year (especially the "speedo only" tri's)!!!

Last thing... Gwen's graduation is coming up.  She hands in her capstone paper this Thurs. and then we will be going to the Whitecaps opening game that evening with Griff and Roy.  We're all looking forward to getting out to the park and having a good start to the opening of the Whitecaps baseball season.  Make sure to get out and support your local sports scene.  Speaking of this I have set a goal for myself this year to try to help Jim get 10 new customers (i.e. encourage 10 new people to buy bikes).  There are a lot of reasons for doing this but the bottom line is that Jade/Whisper Cycles are a product that I really believe in and the service/relationship that I have with Jim and the Shop is extremely important to me.  This being said, I want to make sure that I'm doing my part to get the word out!  If anyone who reads this blog would like to learn more about the bikes/services that are offered please let me know.

Stay tuned for a really cool opportunity that I'm going to be throwing out there in the next couple months regarding a bike from Whisper.  This is something that I am putting together and haven't even let Jim in on (so I guess I'm kind of leaking some info now but the "formal" idea won't be together for a bit yet.  I need sometime to figure details out.)!  Needless to say it's going to be sweet... that being said... those of you in the market for this type of bike (full carbon, aero TT) and riding a 54 cm. please contact me if you are interested in a "unique opportunity."  The only limiting factors are that you need to be within the Great Lakes region, seriously considering purchasing a bike, HAVE the money to purchase this type of bike (check out www.whispercycles.com for pricing... either the Whisper Eclipse or Whisper Eclipse Elite), and obviously that you ride a 54 cm. bike.

Alright all... keep checking in.  I'm hoping to get back on the bike tomorrow if only for a short recovery spin but looking forward to it nonetheless!  Thanks for all the positive feedback that I've gotten and the encouragement that I got pre-marathon!  

1 comment:

  1. Definitely give yourself plenty of time to recover ! I ran 3 with my running group THREE DAYS after National and it wasn't a good idea. I kept up with them so that meant running a 8:45 pace... NOT my recovery pace. I know you want to jump back into it quickly - recovery DOES suck - but let your body rest .. you did just RUN A FREAKING MARATHON! :)

    Speedo-only tris ... woohooo!